Our Beliefs

In November 1991, Pastor Richard E. Ross heard of the need for a Baptist preacher in Lebanon, Ohio while working fulltime as the assistant Pastor in Andalusia, IL. Pastor Ross agreed to visit the church and follow the leading of the Lord. After several weeks of commuting back and forth from Illinois to Ohio, he decided to completely surrender to God’s will and take the position. He moved his wife and three children to Lebanon, Oh. He asked the Lord to stir the church to soul-winning. Under his leadership, several new ministries were begun - including a bus ministry to reach into the homes of the area, and a nursing home ministry to visit those who are unable to drive to church.

The first Sunday service was held with twelve in attendance. The Pastor had a great desire to reach Lebanon, Ohio for Christ and started knocking on doors and bringing children and families to church to hear the Gospel.

Emmanuel Baptist Church School (Kindergarten thru 12th Grade) was also founded soon after he arrived. Beginning in 1996, the church built new classrooms for the students and eventually a gymnasium/classroom building. The Pastor had a desire in his heart to start a Christian School to offer a faith-based Christian education. The Lord opened the door for us to build a Gymnasium/Recreational facility to which we have seen many great events.

We have many outreach ministries, including supporting foreign and home missionaries.

Only the Lord knows how many souls have been saved over the years through the people of the Church and the support of the Church. May the Lord bless all for their part. The Emmanuel Baptist Church has a great vision for the future and wants to invite you to be a part of it. The future of Emmanuel Baptist Church Ministries is as bright as the promises of God, and if He should tarry, the church is in good hands as we continue to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and train young men & women for the ministry.

About Emmanuel Baptist Church

The Scriptures
We believe in the Holy Scriptures: accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired and preserved in all parts in the 1611 King James Bible, unto all generations, an infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.

The True God
We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Person of Jesus Christ
We believe in the Diety of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His blood shed for atonement, His bodily ressurection, His bodily ascension into Heaven there to be our Intercessor.

Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the New Birth, assuring them of Heaven and by His indwelling enables Christians to live a godly life.

We believe that all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost and have within themselves no possible means of salvation.

We believe in salvation by grace through faith; that salvation is the free gift of God, not by any virtue of works of men but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that all true believers posses the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish.

We believe in the existence of Satan, the deceiver and prince of the present world; that he was defeated and judged at the Cross; and therefore, his final doom is certain.

Return of Christ
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ; that His return from Heaven will be personal, visible and glorious - the time being unrevealed but always imminent - that when He comes He will first by ressurection of the righteous dead and the translation of the righteous living remove from the earth His waiting Church; then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, afterwards descend with his Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all nations for a thousand years.

We believe that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; that at His Second Coming their works will be judged and rewards determined; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

Believer Priests
We believe in the preisthood of all believers, that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has access into God's presence without the need of human priests; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Church
We believe that the Local New Testament Church is an organized body of born-again, baptized believers practicing Scriptual ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission.

We believe that the two scriptural ordinances given to the local Church are baptism by immersion of believers only and the Lord's Supper to be partaken of by obedient Christians.

We believe in the everlasting concious punishment of the wicked in Hell and the everlasting concious blessedness of the saints in Heaven.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally reward those who have been faithful to Him during His time of rejection by the world; which promise of reward motivates His own to be separated from and unspotted by the world.

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